Weekly Update – 29th July 2012

VOLUNTARIES As the Olympic Games start in London and in the spirit of international competition, the choir and organ music in today’s service is by the great English composer George Frederick Handel, a.k.a. the great German composer Georg Friedrich Händel.
THANK YOU! Today is Martin Lightowler’s final Sunday with us as locum Director of Music.  During his brief time at St Mark’s, Martin has offered inspirational leadership to the choir and made a valuable contribution to our worship.  He stands down with our thanks and good wishes. We hope to make a permanent appointment to this post later in the year, but in the meantime Andrew Sanderson has offered to serve as temporary Director of Music.

JENNY RYDER, recently back from New Zealand, has been appointed as our next Worker with Students and Young Adults, commencing 1 September.  We offer her our congratulations as we look forward to supporting her in this important role.

WHY DON’T WE …? After last week’s sermon entitled ‘Why don’t we always use authorised liturgies?’; Ian is going to preach two more sermons over the summer in which he will address some other questions about worship he has been asked: 5 August – ‘Why don’t we regularly recite the creed?’; 19 August – ‘Why don’t we sing some of the familiar hymns?’

A WELL-EARNED BREAK! As many church groups and services break up for the summer recess, we offer our hearty thanks to everyone who contributes to Sunday Club, Lions, ‘M’, Madcats, CTBB Youth Club, Lunch Club, Soup Run, Sunday Lunch and the Choir.  Not to forget all the Crèche helpers who have agreed to maintain weekly provision.

ST MARK’S HISTORY PROJECT – ‘ST MARK’S TODAY’ The penultimate chapter in this book will consider where the church/congregation finds itself, fifty years after the rebuilding of the church. We would greatly value your contribution to this review, if possible by answering the questions on one of the A5 sheets at the back of church and leaving it in the box there. Extended reflections and contributions will also be very welcome; please do this either by letter or by email. Many thanks. Mike Hunt.

ST MARK’S WEEKEND! Only 9 weeks to go!  Are you among the 100 who have already booked?  If not, please complete an application asap.  Don’t forget, there are some GREAT DISCOUNTS (under 5s-free; 5-18 year olds-£50; students – £50; non-residents-£70) Bursaries also available.

A FIRST FOR THE LIBRARY! The first DVD in the library is now available from the library shelves at the back of church. Set in the stunningly beautiful landscape and skyscape around Aberdaron, Jim Cotter recites 25 poems of R S Thomas and muses about the poet and the man.  Also available to borrow with or separately: An anthology entitled Etched by Silence. Jim Cotter has selected 52 poems by R S Thomas, which could have been written in and around Aberdaron. For more details see library shelves.

FEEDING THE HUNGRY (and I don’t mean me!) We come into contact with a lot of hungry people in various ways at St Mark’s, mainly through Soup Run, and callers at the vicarage. This results in giving out a lot of sandwiches. So if any of you domestic superheroes out there are in a position to make batches of sandwiches, either regularly or on odd occasions, which we can then distribute, that would really take some of the pressure off Ian, Liz and the Soup Run teams. If you feel you can help in some way, have a chat with Gary. Many thanks.

MESSENGER is out now!  Subscribers’ copies are in the pigeonholes, and spares are on the card stall as usual. Only 60p!

SEPTEMBER MESSENGER More time to gather your ideas and articles for the next issue. Please send items to David Price by 15 August.


A PLACE TO STAY? 17 year old Tom Price from Worthing is doing a sponsored bike ride from Worthing to Edinburgh beginning this week.  He is doing this on behalf of Worthing Churches Homeless Project.  Tom will be in Sheffield on this FRIDAY NIGHT and has asked if there is anyone who could offer him a bed and shower for the night – no food required.  Tom’s mobile is 07923 588332 and if you think you may be able to help, please speak to Anne ASAP as Tom needs to know ideally by tomorrow before he sets off!

LEFTOVER CONTAINERS There are many containers in the flower room left over from the Broomhill Festival etc.  Please would you come and collect yours by the end of the month – at which point any left will be disposed of!  Many thanks, Briony Tayler.

NEW CONGREGATIONAL LIST is now out!  If you are on the list and would like a copy, please see Anne.

GRAND PRIZE DRAW A list of all the winners of this year’s Festival Grand Draw plus their prizes can be found on the Festival notice board.  Were you lucky?

WILLIAMSON HARDWARE A planning application has been lodged to develop the unit in Broomhill shopping precinct currently occupied by Williamsons, together with the one above (Wealth Management & Growth Ltd).  This has raised concern that the lease of this long-established, community-serving, family-run business may not be renewed in late 2013 when the current one expires.  It is thought that one of the largest UK supermarket chains wants to open a store in the area.  To find out more and register your views, log on to www.sheffield.gov.uk and follow the path: Planning & Development > Planning Online > Planning Applications Online > enter code: 12/01352/FUL.

SCRIPTURAL REASONING A lunchtime series by the Multi-faith Chapel and Library will be running at the New Roots cafe from October until next July. See poster in foyer for more details or contact Nirmal Fernando: curlsu@hotmail.com / 07932 017929.

MARY SHARROCK, who lives in The Glen Nursing Home, Dore, is one of the people who receives home communion on a regular basis. She values immensely this link with the congregation and life of St Mark’s, and it is of great importance to her that she feels she is remembered. If you would like to send a message to Mary please get in touch with Helen Hillman.

PV OUTPUT DISPLAY, showing instantaneous power together with total energy generated and CO2 savings, has been installed in the entrance foyer above the community notice board.

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